SHORELINE – Maybe this is what they mean by quietly effective.
Shorewood’s Chris Tharaldson threw a tidy no-hitter at the Shorecrest Scots in a Wesco South Division game Monday.
Tharaldson recorded just three strike outs, walked only two batters and was backed up by flawless defense.
“It was a beautiful outing,” Shorewood coach Wyatt Tonkin said. “He just threw a gem.”
Shorecrest coach Alan Bruns agreed.
“If you’d strolled up in the fourth inning you never would’ve thought the guy had a no-hitter going,” Bruns said. “But, he mixed it up against us and we couldn’t do much about it.”
Adam Hammer and Mark Rockey each blasted a solo home run in the first inning to provide Tharaldson with all of the offense he would require.
“He made us put the ball in play, kept runners off the bases and made us hit the pitches he wanted,” Bruns said. “We hit the ball at them and they made the plays.”
Tharaldson – a junior who threw only 83 pitches – crafted two four-pitch innings and was backed up by outstanding defensive plays by center fielder Steve McCall, second baseman Jeff Brower and Hammer at third base.
“You gotta love that,” Tonkin said.
Tharaldson and Rockey. Quiray, Bray (5) and Sweazey. WPTharaldson (1-0). LPQuiray. 2BWhittle. HRHammer (Shorewood), Rockey (Shorewood). RecordsShorewood 2-0 in league, 3-1 overall. Shorecrest 0-2, 0-3.